I read the article above*, and couldn't help but notice that this was the very same analysis that so many had about the Green Party during the G.W.Bush years.

The whole idea, then, was that the Green party, by both attracting Democrats, and then also endorsing occasional bat-shit-crazy candidates basically imploded the realistic chances of either party.

*The Headline is different in the print edition:
Mark Halperin's Take: How the Tea Party Is a Mixed Blessing